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Welcome! (Read this first)

If this is your first time here then WELCOME!

We are finished with this wonderful adventure BUT if you have a fascination with:

  • MotorcycleTouring
  • Traveling
  • US Landmarks and Random Adventures
  • Mishaps, Irony, and Fun

Then feel free to read about our adventure – A 40 day motorcycle adventure around the US!

We’ve added all the links on the side, and our favorite days or funniest moments are marked with an asterisk (*).  We hope you enjoy!

– Greg and Jerry

Donation Money Update

Okay!  So, we thought it was time to give a final update to where the money went! It was a lot of fun using it and we’d like to share the results:

#1 – Stair Elevator Lift

Through family and friends we heard about a wonderful family who was in need of a ramp and an electronic lift for the house’s stairs.  The daughter, has Multiple Sclerosis and is no longer able to walk.

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Trip Summary Data

I suppose I didn’t really give a full trip summary so here are some details:

  • 10,442 Miles
  • 28 States
  • 95 Gas Station Stops
  • 5 Motels
  • 8 Places at Friends or Family
  • 6 Repair Shops (3 for each bike)
  • Motorcycle Updates, Replaced, Broken, or Fixed:
    • Speedometer cable
    • Air horn
    • 4 spark plugs
    • 1 battery
    • 1 rear shifter
    • 2 fuses
    • one steel rack
    • 2 Oil Changes each
  • National Parks Visited:
    • Yellowstone National Park
    • Badlands National Park
    • Acadia National Park
    • Yosemite National Park
    • Great Smokey Mountains National Park
    • and many national forests!
  • Crossed the Continental Divide twice.  Once, through Yellowstone Park and then over the Rockies.
  • Ran out of Gas 3 times (but had a spare gallon… sometimes barely making it with that!)
  • 1 Popped Tire in the middle of a desert
  • 1 ruined tent (which turned into a garage when fixing a bike in the rain)
  • About 30 everything bagels eaten (each)
  • Too many to count energy drinks consumed
  • Visited at least a dozen Starbucks for their free Wi-Fi (and caffeine)
  • Stopped at at least 2 dozen stranded cars.  Tires changed: zero.
  • Weather Conditions we DIDN’T experience:  snow (we saw it, but it wasn’t on our heads)
  • Animals hit: zero.  Animals we almost hit: 2.
  • Helped at a museum, church, and a house.
  • And aided or fed numerous homeless people that didn’t look like alcoholics.
  • Saw 1 big alien, hundreds of scary clowns, and wasn’t abducted once.  I think.

This is a quick summary, but I thought I needed to have something like this instead to finally summarize the trip in a few words.  I’ll add more if I think of them 😉

Donation Money

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

We’ve learned a lot on this trip and being able to help people along the way has been a real treat.  It’s been truly inspiring and it’s a whole new mindset we hope sticks around.  And the greatest part of it all is that most opportunities don’t/didn’t cost a thing!

Hence, we still have a donation amount $680 left!  Cool huh?!  We are left with a few options:  1) help others directly by taking the time on the weekends to visit the homeless or those in need, 2) donate to a good cause(es)  3) other options solicited by you guys!

Where do you think this money can best make the biggest impact?  We can visit downtown areas and buy food, donate it to a non-profit, and keep an open ear how it can make a positive impact, but we’d also like to hear from YOU what should be done.

To respond, leave a comment on this post, or send me an email at  We’re excited to hear your ideas!

A Few Lessons Learned

A few thoughts gathered on the open road, broken into chunks and summarized for your easy reading. Do you have opposing views, additional thoughts, or similar beliefs? Feel free to share them!

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Day 40 – D-Day, the Final Leg Home

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A day filled with mixed feelings and emotions.  Fully rested, fully packed, bikes are mounted… but are we truly ready to go?  That is the question of the day.

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Day 39 – Up the 101

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The sun slowly rising, the waves crashing against the sea banks, the tide coming in, the wind gently caressing the trees above, and the squirrels and chipmunks scrambling for their nuts… it’s just too bad we couldn’t see any of it.  What we thought was the morning fog, turned into the afternoon fog and then the evening fog.  The fog was so dense we were more likely to see Bigfoot than the coastline.  We rode along the 101-North for 9 hours when we might as well been driving on a main highway surrounded by white padded walls on all sides.  Because we were going crazy today from lack of sunshine and ocean!

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Day 38 – Over the Mountains to Arcata

Monday, September 13, 2010

We had such a great and relaxing time with our family, it was hard to leave.   We’d like to thank John for letting us stay at his place! In fact, after loading up our stuff, Jerry looked at Greg and said ‘Well, back to reality.’  Which Greg took as quite ironic since he was insinuating that getting on our bikes and riding all day is ‘back to reality.’   What he meant by it though is that the party is over and we’ll be leaving our comfortable ‘resort’.  You can tell it’s been a long adventure when the adventure is becoming the norm!  So what does it mean when we return home…?

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Day 37 – Day off in Granite Bay

Sunday, September 12, 2010

This will be a short post because it was a nice and relaxing day!  We were going to leave and continue up the coast today but it was such a beautiful today, with great people, a pool and… well, as you can see, they really had to pull our leg.

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Day 36 – Family Hopping

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fun and easy day that consisted of hopping around seeing wonderful family and friends.  Started off the morning with breakfast with the welcoming Randazzo family, cleaned our bikes, and headed out.  Our first stop… a soccer game!

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